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Grits

GRITS, Teron “ Bonafied” Carter & Stacy “ Coffee” Jones have been hip-hop's best-kept secret long enough. Mainly, their style is alternative hip hop and Southern rap, while several of their songs have pop influences, thus an occasional pop-rap sound, and their song "We Don't Play" has a Jamaican influence complete with steel drums. They were one of the first acts signed to Gotee Records,[2] and have released seven albums with Gotee, with an eighth one released by Gotee and AudioGoat. In 2014, Gotee Records announced that the GRITS song "Ooh Ahh" was RIAA Digital Gold Certified, having surpassed 500,000 downloads.[4] They have appeared at Cornerstone Festival and Rock the Universe. In addition their song "Bobbin Bouncin'" was added to the track list in the video-game Project Gotham Racing 4.

Rolling back the calendars, Coffee originally made his mark coming up in the local Atlanta scene, while Bonafide cut his emcee teeth with a group down in Jacksonville, Florida. As fate found both rappers relocating to Nashville, Bonafide and Coffee (their parking tickets read Teron Carter and Stacy Jones, respectively) came together to form GRITS in 1993. Eventually signing with Gotee Records, the duo dropped their rookie bow Mental Releases in 1995 and followed with Factors Of Seven two years later. GRITS scored a major national breakthrough with the remarkable 1999 disc Grammatical Revolution. Among other accolades, the album earned the group a Billboard Video Award and an appearance on the nationally syndicated radio show Sway & Tech.

While Grammatical Revolution established GRITS as underground icons, Art Of Translation solidified the group's assent as one of hip-hop's hottest new rising stars. The 2002 disc set new sales records, inspired a remix with Talib Kweli, and landed its hit "Here We Go" in the Jack Nicholson film "Something's Gotta Give." The disc also added spins to GRITS' radio-video track record, which includes cracking MTV2's Top 10 Most Requested and Top 5 Handpicked and climbing countless hip-hop charts including Gavin, CMJ, Hits, and PAJ (where they set a ten-week record at number one). Moreover, the immediacy of GRITS' music worked well on the small screen landing placements in such shows as America's Next Top Model, Pop Stars, Boston Public, Resurrection Boulevard, BET's Rap City, The Real World, Tough Enough, and MTV Cribs. Uses in other entertainment mediums include Disney's Extreme Skate Video and the video game NBA Jams.

With each new album growing in momentum, GRITS also found themselves sharing stages with such top artists as OutKast, Jay-Z, Nappy Roots, Ice Cube, DJ Shadow, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Goodie Mob, and Monica. Of course, the press didn't miss a beat either praising GRITS in the pages of XXL, Spin, Vibe, Billboard, The Source, URB, Rap Pages, and Rap Sheet.

As support continues swelling from all mediums and outlets, GRITS prove that the streets can't keep a secret when the talent looms so large. Surpassing all expectations, the DICHOTOMY albums bring more mainstream exposure to hip-hop's life-affirming alternatives, that is, renaissance rappers with genuine style and spiritually uplifting joints. For those ready for some bobbin' and bouncing, GRITS delivers a double dose of positive party music that honors real people and real hip-hop through powerful emcee anthems.

Currently they are in the studio cooking up a 20th Anniversary Project to be released in 2015 and working on more film and television placement opportunities.


My Bands Sessions

Saturday, March 21
 

10:05pm